It is now almost one year since I bought my Nook Color. Some things have changed – I definitely access more books than I used to, and some of it (maybe 30-40%) is digital. But I confess I’m still primarily a paper reader. For me, it’s a matter of comfort, and I just can’t use the Nook Color as my primary reading source.
But my friend came over the other day and looked at my shelves and shelves of books. And she said, “Wow. You have a lot of books.” She’s not wrong – guesstimating, I’d say I have about 350-500 romance novels, depending on whether I have random stacks hidden away somewhere (which is probably a yes), and most of which I’ve accumulated in the last two years. And I still gain about 4-5 romances a month.
Well, what if my house burns down? Am I going to have to lose all those books? It seems stupid not to take advantage of the digital age and just get eBooks. I’m sure most of us agree that uniformity amongst the publishers has far to go, but the convenience, pricing, and durability of an eBook make total sense at this point. And yet why shouldn’t I buy a paper copy if I want, especially since they’re still available, and it’s what works for me?
Then it hit me: Digital copies. They don’t do it for CDs, because it’s legal to buy a CD then make a digital copy yourself. But they do it for DVDs, because it’s illegal to rip a DVD, even if you own it. So you pay a little more, get extra features or Blu-Ray, and get licensed to download a digital copy of your DVD. And you’ll have it for all eternity. (Frankly, the legality of ripping CDs versus DVDs doesn’t make much sense to me, but whatever. They’re both on their way out.)